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February 15, 2013
Rubio's 'Watergate' triumph?
Marco Rubio's handling of the media overkill on his awkward sip of water during his response to the State of the Union address is emerging as a net plus for him, and an embarrassment for the media which became hysterical on the subject - particularly CNN and MSNBC. The first question to consider is whether or not the public really wants a totally smooth presentation in its politicians. Several talking heads noted after the gaffe that Rubio made a rookie mistake, in trying to maintain eye contact with the camera, as he stretched to reach the awkwardly placed bottle of Poland Spring water. OK, so we have a young up-and-comer who is not a polished media expert. Is that somethign the public finds horrifying? Or could it be considered even a little bit endearing? The second question is the effect of Rubio's handling of the gaffe. Unquestionably, his handling has been almost flawless - combining honest chagrin with a plucky determination to do better. He came across as someone who...(Read Full Post)